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Agricultural Amendment Act 2001 and Varieties Protection Act 2001.

Type of law

The present Act introduces some amendments to the Fertilizer Act (BGBl. No. 513/1994), the Plant Protection Act 1995 (BGBl. No. 532/1995), the Plant Protection Products Act (BGBl. I No. 60/1997), the Seeds Act 1997 (BGBl. I No. 72/1997), the Animal Feed Act 1999 (BGBl. I No. 139/1999).
Moreover, article 8 includes also a Federal Act on Protection of Plant Varieties (Varieties Protection Act 2001). The Act contains at the outset a definition clause relating to various terms therein employed, such as "variety", "species", "planting material", "breeder", "convention country", "country of the Union", etc. Article 3 establishes that protection is granted by the Office for Protection of New Plant Varieties only if a variety is new, constant, homogenous and distinguishable. As a result only the entitled person is authorized to produce, sell or export the seeds of the protected variety. At the same time, he must ensure the production of the protected variety and make available all information requested by the above-mentioned Office. The entitled person can also authorize others to grow the protected variety or he can ask for its cancellation from the Register. The duration of the protection of a plant variety lasts from 25 to 30 years. Moreover, protected plant varieties must be given a name not exceeding three words by the competent Office. Part 2 deals with the authority responsible to act as Office for Protection of New Plant Varieties; in case of appeal the matters is dealt with by the Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry. The said Office is due to keep a Register of Plant Varieties. This Part establishes also the procedure requested for registering a plant variety and refers to all other legal and financial aspects. Finally, the Act sets out the civil and penal penalties in case of violation, as well as the final and transitional provisions. It consists of 29 articles divided into 5 Parts.
Long title of text
Federal Act amending the Fertilizers Act 1994, the Plant Protection Act 1995, the Plant Protection Products Act 1997, the Seeds Act 1997, the Federal Feedstuff Act, and issuing a Federal Act on Protection of New Plant Varieties.
Date of text
Entry into force notes
The present Act enters into force on 1 September 2001.
Serial Imprint
Bundesgesetzblatt für die Republik Österreich, Part I, No. 109, 10 August 2001, pp. 1641-1658.
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Bundesgesetz, mit dem das Düngemittelgesetz 1994, das Pflanzenschutzgesetz 1995, das Pflanzenschutzmittelgesetz 1997, das Saatgutgesetz 1997, das Futtermittelgesetz 1999, das Qualitätsklassengesetz und das Wasserrechtsgesetz 1959 geändert werden und mit dem ein Bundesgesetz über den Schutz von Pflanzensorten (Sortenschutzgesetz 2001) erlassen wird (Agrarrechtsänderungsgesetz 2001).